The difference between Manchester United and clubs like Arsenal, which are still battling for a Champions League berth, is offensive consistency. Having a top striker on the level of Robin van Persie is a major reason that title-winning advantage exists.
Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski enjoyed periods of strong play during their first season with the Gunners. They weren't able to sustain it, though. Theo Walcott was the club's most dangerous attacking player, but he continues to get deployed on the wing.
So it's no surprise the early transfer buzz involving Arsenal includes a lot of striker talk. Finding the right player to lead the attack would be a major boost. Let's examine some of the latest updates about who Arsene Wenger could target during the summer.
Jovetic is a name that continues to pop up. The 23-year-old Montenegro international has scored 12 goals and added four assists for Fiorentina this season. His combination of pace and strong play on the ball would make him a good fit for the Premier League.
Wayne Veysey of Goal.com reports Arsenal are already moving forward with talks to land Jovetic. Early estimates suggest they will begin bidding at around €20 million and will work from there. The Serie A side is seeking a deal of around €10 million more.
There's clearly some room for compromise there if both clubs are serious about getting a deal done. Signing a player like Jovetic, who's still trying to prove himself at the top levels, is a risk. It could pay off in a major way for Arsenal if he indeed develops into a star.
Remy has flashed his immense talent during a short stint with QPR. He's scored five goals in 12 appearances, showing off the trademark pace that allowed him to shine with Marseille. With the Hoops heading for relegation, his future remains unclear.
Multiple Premier League clubs are interested in the French striker, including Arsenal, according to Matt Law of the Daily Mirror. The other teams he links to Remy are Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham, all sides within the top seven.
The combination of Remy and Walcott would be a nightmare to defend due to their natural speed. The only question is whether or not Remy can become that 20-goal scorer the Gunners need. The talent is there, and he would benefit from more talented teammates, but it's something he would need to prove.
After arriving to Aston Villa with limited hype, Benteke has been one of the breakout stars of the campaign. He ranks fourth in the league with 18 goals behind the aforementioned Van Persie, Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale.
It's hard for top clubs to ignore a player producing like that for a side that's fending off relegation. The Daily Mirror's Matt Law reports Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham are all showing interest in him already.
Whether Benteke could maintain that terrific scoring pace while playing with a bigger club is unknown. But it's a chance the Gunners should be willing to take in an effort to become a more consistent offensive club. Villa won't let him go easily, though.
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